THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has gotten the nod of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa on the proposed expansion of its structure and organization.

During the ceremonial blessing and turnover of newly-acquired patrol and utility vehicles where he served as the guest of honor and speaker, Dela Rosa said that he has yet to see the endorsement paper approved by the Davao City Council for the proposed expansion. Despite that, with no sight of hesitation, he said he will approve it.

"Wala pa nako nakita, wala na niabot sa ako ang papel. But sigurado ko i-approve ko to kung muabot sa akong lamesa ug akong i-follow-up sa Napolcom (National Police Commission) nga ma-approved gyud na (I haven't seen it yet but if I will received it, I will approve it. I will follow it up at the Napolcom)," Dela Rosa said.

Based on the proposal, DCPO intends to have a Special Recruitment Quota and training of 1,700 police personnel for Davao City alone. DCPO currently has a total strength of 1,890 personnel. With this, DCPO could further secure the city with enhanced police visibility, which is seen effective in the deterrence of crime.

"Kung naa tay recruit ihatag nato sa ilaha. Walay problemana (If we have police recruits, we will give it to them)," Dela Rosa said.

While he agreed on the proposal of DCPO to recruit additional policemen, Dela Rosa said it would take time to complete the needed number of policemen because police recruitment nowadays is hard considering the strict policies and standard set forth by Napolcom.

"Gamay ray makalusot sa mga police tungod sa kataas sa standard labi na karon nitaas ang sweldo (Not many will pass to become police officers due to the higher standards, especially now that the salary has also been raised)," he said.

Earlier, DCPO Director Alexander Tagum said since Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, has now become the alternate seat of the government and is hosting several national and international events, it is high time to also improve the security system of the office to protect the visitors and its people. The additional police stations will "cover the growing demands of an expanding community and local population."

"This is actually the right time to propose that expansion considering the present significance of the city in the national level being the hometown of the President and its hosting of the Malacañang in the South. This is it," he said.

Tagum also said part of their consideration is the expected rapid growth of the city in terms of population and development with the build, build, build program of the President and the local migration to the city.

"Our city is now considered as Mindanao's Economic and Political center," he said.